Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

After Scoreless First Half, No. 4 Stanford Wins 2-0 Over Cal Poly

After Scoreless First Half, No. 4 Stanford Wins 2-0 Over Cal Poly

STANFORD, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team held No. 4 Stanford scoreless in the first half Sunday evening, but the Cardinal stayed unbeaten by pulling away for a 2-0 win at Cagan Stadium.

Stanford (8-0-1) remained the last team in the country to have shut out all of its opponents so far, but the Mustangs created chances for themselves throughout.

Two early Cal Poly shots both sailed high (Tracy Hong at 14' and Megan Abutin at 24'), while another soon afterward went wide right (Sara Lancaster, 26').

Four saves by Alyssa Giannetti before the break (coming in the 15th, 34th, 37th and 39th minutes) kept Cal Poly level.

Almost two minutes after the end of intermission, though, Stanford's Lo'eau LaBonta settled a cross in from the right side by Laura Liedle before sending a blast just inside the left post from atop the penalty area.

Lydia Anderson forced Cardinal goalkeeper Jane Campbell into a save in the 52nd minute, and Miki Foster also had a 58th-minute attempt blocked.

Megan Turner made it 2-0 with a 74th-minute shallow volley off an arcing cross delivered by Mariah Lee from a couple yards outside the corner flag.

Elise Krieghoff, coming off a five-goal performance two nights earlier that tied the all-time single-game school record (during a 6-1 win versus Fresno State), got off shots in the 76th (high) and 84th (wide right) minutes, the last of the Mustangs' seven for the night (compared to 12 faced).

Giannetti (pictured at right), a junior, is now two saves away from sole possession of No. 2 in school history (at a would-be 241 for her career).

Of Cal Poly's (4-5-0) losses, three were by a one-goal margin, with the other two coming by two; three of the five were to teams ranked in the top 15 nationally.

The Mustangs will return home to host Saint Mary's at 5 p.m. Friday and San Francisco at noon Sept. 28 in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.